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Filter Content through Yahoo pipes

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Create your own wonder web with everything you want using Yahoo pipes!

Today in the time of RSS, which already delivers all the content from different providers in your Feed Aggregator, Yahoo recently launched a new service Yahoo! pipes a hosted visual environment tool which will provide you to mashup all your feeds to create new applications using drag+drop and virtually connect pipes to create modules.

According to Yahoo!-

What Is Pipes? Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers do astonishingly clever things by making it easy to chain simple utilities together on the command line.

What can Pipes filter?

Yahoo is trying to give developers and its not so tech-savvy users more power in combining structured data feeds, typically done through the RSS or Atom protocols. The service which is still in beta stage currently works only with RSS and Atom feeds, Yahoo intends to expand the number of data sources with which people can work. It also plans to give programmatic access to the Pipes engine, support for additional data sources (such as KML), more built-in processing modules, the ability to extend Pipes with external, user-contributed modules and last but not the least more ways to render output (Badges, Maps, etc...). Pipes can take any feed as input, and combined with the already available list of functions proves to be very powerful.

How to Use Yahoo! Pipes

Firstly you need to have an account with Yahoo to use this service, which may sound pretty obvious to you. I would personally suggest you to go through other created pipes and get an idea of how they are put together. You easy to make your own pipes public, to clone pipes that others have made and use them as your own template, or to offer your own for others to clone.

You can read O’Reilly’s Yahoo! Pipes: The Modules For Building Pipes for an insight on how moduling can be done.

Will it Be successful?

The ingredients of online success in Web2.0 depends upon the accessibility, usability and the social advancements it can provide its users, along with the uniqueness of the Idea behind it. With all the above Yahoo has already defined Pipes to be one of its kind, a fresh cool blue look, user friendly interface, innovative and well-organized.

What are you waiting for, Go ahead and create your own mashup.

Till then,
Happy Blogging,
Divya Uttam

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posted by Divya Uttam, 1:25 PM

3 Comments:

Nice article. Good to see your publishing full feeds now ;)

commented by Anonymous Paul OFlaherty, 3:27 AM  

Yahoo got pipes! But they are clogged at the moment..

commented by Blogger ilker, 11:05 AM  

This has nothing to do with this post!

Happy Valentines Day :)

commented by Blogger Lex Luthor, 9:59 PM  

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